Food For All Broward

Food For All Broward

About Food for All: Broward
Food for All Broward is an initiative to expand access to healthy foods for residents of all ages, abilities, cultural and economic backgrounds. By collaborating with local jurisdictions over the next year, the aim is to increase healthy eating options by co-developing policy and system changes that will facilitate healthier, thriving communities by strengthening and expanding the food system across Broward County.

The Issue
There is a direct connection between the availability and access to healthy foods and diet-related disease such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The good news is that increasing access to healthy foods not only improves public health, but can spur economic development and neighborhood jobs in distressed communities. [1] Healthy food initiatives can increase employment in communities by providing jobs across the food system (from farm to table), attract foot traffic and other retail, provide workforce development and training opportunities, promote environmental sustainability and boost local economies.[2] By working together, we can improve the health and quality of life of all residents through proven and creative ways that local governments have used across the country to make healthy foods more affordable and accessible.

Solution-Building through Food for All Broward
Through Food for All Broward, education and technical assistance will be provided to participating municipalities to develop and implement strategies to improve access to healthy foods in their communities. Municipalities will be assisted in identifying and implementing evidence-based food policy and system change options including farmer’s markets, healthy food zones, updating comprehensive plans and other strategies that have successfully helped communities close healthy food access gaps.

During the first phase of Food for All Broward, support will be provided to the following 14 jurisdictions:

-Broward County Municipal Services District
-Coconut Creek
-Dania Beach
-Fort Lauderdale
-Hallandale Beach
-Hollywood
-Lauderdale by the Sea
-Lauderdale Lakes
-Lauderhill
-Oakland Park
-Pompano Beach
-Miramar
-Pembroke Park
-Pembroke Pines

Featured Video
Watch Community Garden Champion Trinity from Miramar Community Garden, City of Miramar share her story on why she chooses to help increase healthy food access within her community!

Request Free Technical Assistance Today!
Through Food for All Broward, UHP will provide free technical assistance to participating municipalities to develop and implement policies to improve access to healthy foods in their communities. UHP will work closely with participating municipalities to identify and develop evidence-based food policy and system changes that have successfully assisted communities close healthy food access gaps. Any pending request should be received by March 1, 2019, and all will be completed by April 2019. All Technical Assistance requests will receive data and GIS mapping as back up for the selected healthy food policies and diet-related disease policies. Municipalities also may find this information useful for their future grant-making. Sign up today!

Mayor’s Pledge
Please encourage your mayor to sign the pledge today. Click here to learn more and to get to the Mayor’s Pledge.

Missed the last Food For All Broward Convening?

Watch the Food Access and Economic Development panel here.

We thank the Dania Beach PATCH for capturing and sharing this wonderful panel!

RSVP
Join us for the next Food For All Broward Convening: Spring Series! RSVP to stay tuned for updates.

Program Contact
To partner with Food for All Broward or for more information about the initiative, please contact:

 

 

Arely B. Lozano Cantu: arely@urbanhs.com

Mayor’s Pledge

Food for All Broward encourages cities to take proactive and bold leadership to expand access to healthy foods. By making a public commitment to promote access to healthy foods, mayors can play an important role in increasing awareness and building momentum for policies and initiatives that can promote community food security, equity, health, environmental sustainability, job creation, and economic development. Mayors are encouraged to sign the “Mayor’s Pledge,” promising to make your city a place where food is healthy, sustainable and affordable for all residents. Please encourage your mayor to sign the pledge today.

Featured Communities

Join the Mayors that have signed the pledge!

Fort Lauderdale – Mayor Dean Trantalis

Lauderdale Lakes – Mayor Hazelle P. Rogers

Pompano Beach – Mayor Lamar Fisher (2018)

Support of Food For All Broward in the City of Lauderdale Lakes!
The City of Lauderdale Lakes, Vice Mayor Beverly Williams discusses the integration of gardening and education on healthy food access within the Lauderdale Lakes community. Commissioner Williams is also the first mayor to sign the Mayor’s pledge!

City of Miramar – Video Highlight
Listen to Trinity, from Miramar Community Garden share her story on why she chose to become a community garden champion in the City of Miramar!

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Image from May 23rd, 2018 Spring Cohort Meeting

Resources

Food for All Fact Sheet
Food for All Broward is an initiative to expand access to healthy foods for residents of all ages, abilities, cultural and economic backgrounds. By collaborating with local jurisdictions over the next year, the aim is to increase healthy eating options by co-developing policy and system changes that will facilitate healthier, thriving communities by strengthening and expanding the food system across Broward County.

Food for All Broward: Preventable Diabetes and Food Deserts in Broward County
Policy changes that make healthier foods more available, accessible, and affordable for vulnerable residents living in food deserts and high diabetes ZIP codes in Broward County could greatly curtail future cases of diabetes. This fact sheet from Food for All Broward presents findings from our analysis of the relationship between diabetes and food deserts in the County. The confluence of diabetes and food deserts is clear: The majority (68%) of the County’s food deserts are located within high diabetes ZIP codes. Food deserts tend to cluster within clusters of high diabetes ZIP codes, mostly between I-95 and the Turnpike. The findings suggest that communities face inequities, particularly a lack of access to healthy foods, that contribute to increased risk of diabetes.

Food for All Broward: Policy Audit Assessment
Food for All Broward conducted a policy audit to understand the existing food policy landscape in 13 of the Food for All Broward focus jurisdictions. Three general categories of policy documents were collected and analyzed for each jurisdiction: Comprehensive plans, Master Plans and/or CRA Plans, and Ordinances. This fact sheet provides a summary of the policy audit findings for each municipality.

Free Food All Broward Technical Assistance
Through Food for All Broward, UHP will provide free technical assistance to participating municipalities to develop and implement policies to improve access to healthy foods in their communities. UHP will work closely with participating municipalities to identify and develop evidence-based food policy and system changes that have successfully assisted communities close healthy food access gaps. Any pending request should be received by October 31, 2018, and all will be completed by March 2019. All Technical Assistance requests will receive data and GIS mapping as back up for the selected healthy food policies and diet-related disease policies. Municipalities also may find this information useful for their future grant-making.

Food for All Kick-off Workshop Presentations 1/18/18

Expanding Healthy Food Access in Your Community

Policies and Lessons from Across the Nation

Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Relations, The Food Trust

Local Case Study – Miramar

Elsi Rose, LEED AP, Development Management Coordinator, City of Miramar

Michael Alpert, AICP, LEED AP, Principal Planner, City of Miramar

Expanding Healthy Food Access in Your Community – Data

Anthony Olivieri, MURP, Founder, FHEED, LLC

Food for All Kick-off Workshop Presentations 5/23/18

Spring Workshop Powerpoint Presentation

-Presentation on Municipal Food Policy Audit by Anthony Olivieri,
Food for Health, Environment, Economy, and Democracy (FHEED)

Other Helpful Resources

The Food Trust
The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit that works with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers across the country to develop a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. The website features useful fact sheets, case studies, videos and reports.

Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities Toolkit (PDF)
This toolkit is geared towards local food policy councils and local food advocates—those who have identified a challenge or opportunity within their community’s food system and want to make an impact through policy change. The toolkit provides a starting place to understand the basic legal concepts surrounding local food systems, develop a base of knowledge about the main policy areas, and discover examples and innovations from other localities.

Healthy Food Access Portal
The Healthy Food Access Portal brings together the rapidly growing body of research, best practices, resources, and policy information for community members, practitioners, advocates, entrepreneurs, and others who are committed to ensuring that all communities have equitable access to healthy, quality, affordable food.

Healthy Food Policy Project
The Healthy Food Policy Project features a curated, searchable database of innovative local healthy food policies, a crosswalk of local laws and policies, organized by food system category and type of law, and case studies that showcase healthy food policy initiatives around the country.

Events

RSVP for the Food For All Broward Spring Convening!

Details TBD

Food For All Broward Convening – Event Recap

Building Economic Development Through Food Access

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Food for All Broward is an initiative to expand access to healthy foods for residents of all ages, economic status, and abilities. By collaborating with local jurisdictions, over the next year the aim is to increase healthy eating options by co-developing policy and system changes that will facilitate healthier, thriving communities by strengthening and expanding the food system across Broward County.
  • Increasing access to healthy foods not only improves public health, it can also spur economic development and neighborhood jobs in distressed communities. Leaders present at this event have been and continue to be actively engaged in co-creating different ways to benefit the health, wellbeing, and economy of the communities they serve.
  • The event included a presentation by Dr. Jeremy Earle, Assistant City Manager, City of Hallandale Beach who shared about his experience and knowledge about market gardens and other food access strategies as drivers for food access and economic development. Additionally, a Food Access and Economic Development Panel showcasing Neysa Herrera, City of Oakland Park; Dr. Jeremy Earle, Assistant City Manager, City of Hallandale Beach; Commissioner Beverly Williams, City of Lauderdale Lakes; and Rickelle Williams, Executive Director, Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Dania Beach highlighted four examples of Broward County food access implementations. Panelists discussed their experiences with the processes of getting these projects started, supported, and sustained in each of their municipalities.
  • After the meeting, attendees visited the PATCH Market Garden and enjoyed fresh produce from their Mobile Market, an exciting food access strategy that brings locally grown, pesticide free, fresh produce to areas considered food deserts—with low-access to healthy food options. Leaders discussed and considered ways in which to link food access to economic development and other plans, goals, and initiatives, as well as next steps and more specific needs to make healthy food access a priority in their municipalities.
  • We thank the Dania Beach Patch for hosting the mobile workshop visit to the PATCH Market Garden during this Food For All Broward Convening. It was great to go to the garden to learn more about the garden itself, the location and history, more about the PATCH Market Garden approach, and about their partnerships and programs. The PATCH Mobile Market was up and running during our visit. We learned that thanks to an EBT/SNAP discounts that the PATCH Markets offer, customers who receive that subsidy are able to spend less than they normally would on locally grown, pesticide free, fresh fruits and vegetables right in their community. Learn more about the PATCH here.

Event Takeaways:

  • Cross-sector collaborations are essential to drive full implementation of policy and system changes that will benefit food access and economic development in our municipalities.
  • Periodic public input is necessary to ensure community voice and needs are guiding the process and goals of any food access program, initiative, as well as any potential policy and system changes.
  • Policy and Systems changes opportunities can look different from municipality to municipality, however, shared practices, lessons learned, and the examples form other municipalities make their implementation more efficient and effective.
  • Urban Health Partnerships can provide Free Technical Assistance to help each of the 14 active municipalities to develop action steps to facilitate the implementation of policy and systems changes that would help shape the local food system and economy of the future for Broward County.

Encourage Your Mayor to Sign the Pledge!

By making a public commitment to promote access to healthy foods, mayors can play an important role in increasing awareness and building momentum for policies and initiatives that can promote community food security, equity, health, environmental sustainability, job creation, and economic development. Your mayor can sign the pledge by clicking here or downloading the pledge and emailing it to arely@urbanhs.com.

To learn more about Food for All Broward, please visit:
 https://urbanhp.org/food-for-all-broward/